Your baby takes up your entire abdomen. Its head is pressing against your softening cervix. By the time of the birth, the umbilical cord is often as long as the baby itself. He or she is just waiting to start this birth. Waiting for the right moment. Not moving much. It is crowded. Really crowded. He or she is waiting patiently. Probably more patiently than you are… Illustration by Karoline Lenhult
The last weeks, and days, pass slowly. You are anxious to meet your baby now you're nearly there! You're probably thinking more about the birth than about becoming a parent. Some last words before the delivery: Trust your body; it can give birth to a child. But it is one thing to give birth and quite another to have a child. It is only afterwards, when the baby is finally with us, that the real adventure begins. Now you are mummy and daddy! Congratulations and Good Luck!
Take with me to hospital
Make sure to take some comfortable clothes and practical underwear for after the birth, plus your camera to record all those special moments. You’ll also need maternity pads and some very gentle toilet paper or toilet wipes. And make sure you have the carseat ready for taking your precious new baby home. Don’t forget to stock up on Drypers diapers/nappies, so it’ll be one less thing to think about when your new baby arrives.